Projects & Articles
In these pages we will be bringing you a series of projects showing how to modify your machines using some of the products available from Arc Euro Trade Ltd. We hope you find them useful!
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- If you decide to dismantle your machine for maintenance or to make adjustments, you can download one of our helpful Dismantling and Reassembly Guides. These documents guide you through a major strip and rebuild of the machine and cover lubrication, adjustment and various other little tweaks designed to help you get the best out of the machine and prolong it’s useful life.
Please note that these are a guides only, and subject to change. You should only consider this process if you have the confidence and ability to carry out any of the operations suggested.
- SC3 Half Nut Conversion Guide A leadscrew cover helps to keep swarf out of the leadscrew threads but it also means only one half nut is fitted instead of two. Some users prefer the traditional use of two half nuts to ensure greater accuracy and load capability. This conversion guide shows you how. The guide applies to: SIEG SC2, SIEG SC3, SIEG C2 Mini Lathes fitted with a leadscrew cover.
- Internal Keyways and Broaching This interesting, illustrated article explains how keyways are cut using one of our a keyway broach sets then goes on to produce a pinion gear blank with 4 keyways (splines) at 90° intervals and a 4 splined halfshaft end to test the procedure.
- Mini-Lathe Angular Contact Bearing Change Guide A picture story book to help you replace the factory fitted 6206-ZZ ball bearings with 7206B-2RS angular contact ball bearings on your SIEG Mini-Lathe.
The story starts with the machine partly stripped down and only deals with the work required on the headstock. You may want to refer to our C3 Mini-Lathe Dismantling and Reassembly Guide (above) for more information on the work required before and after the bearing change.
- Improvements to an X2 Mill (Part 2) Another chance to see a copy of Neil Wyatt's article about how he improved his X2 Mill MT3 spindle with 7206B Angular Contact Ball Bearings from Model Engineers' Workshop issue 201. Reproduced here with the kind permission of Neil Wyatt, and David Clark, editor of Model Engineers' Workshop magazine.
- The C3 Mini Lathe Part 1 - Thanks to Magicalia Media and the author, Dave Fenner, we are pleased to be able to show a copy of Dave's article, the first in a series of articles covering the set-up and use of this machine.
- C0 Baby Lathe Product Review - Read the British Railway Modelling Magazine C0 Baby Lathe Product Review written by Mick Nicholson.
(675kb pdf file - Adobe Acrobat Reader required)
- Myford ML7 Cross Slide Leadscrew Thrust Bearing Modification - A simple modification to the Myford ML7 that will:
- Eliminate any backlash between the cross slide and the leadscrew
- Eliminate wear in the cross slide end plate
- Reduce operational friction
- Reasons to convert a mill to CNC - A light-hearted (but very true) view on why you should consider converting your mill to CNC. By John Stevenson (well worth reading!)
- Review and CNC conversion of the Model X3 Small Mill - a series of articles by Dick Stephen.
Reproduced with kind permission of Dick Stevens and Model Engineers Workshop.
- Suggestion for a Stepper Motor Controller Power Supply Unit - If you are looking for a power supply for our Hybrid Stepper motors and controllers and can't find one ready built, then here is a suggestion. (We recommend that only hobbyists with sufficient mains voltage electronics knowledge and experience consider undertaking this project.)
- Bearings - A Suppliers Viewpoint. A copy of the letter published in Model Engineer No.4249 discussing the use of Drawn Cup Needle Roller Bearings, Deep Groove Ball Bearing VS Taper Roller Bearings for lathe headstocks and an expaination of the different bearing "clearances" available.
- Arc Euro Trade supplies bearings for an Austin A101 restoration being undertaken by Peter Eveleigh (aka Tinworm).
Arc Euro Trade Ltd has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the "Projects" pages published here were accurate on the date of publication. Arc Euro Trade Ltd takes no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information published on any of these pages, and such information does not form any basis of a contract with readers or users of it.